Tianzhu Academic Network


The Centre's activities in the context of the Tianzhu academic network

In 2017, the Centre became part of a global network of universities doing research on East-Asian Buddhism and more particularly Chinese Chan.  The other members of this international partnership are the University of British Columbia, the University of California, Berkeley, Harvard University, the Institut national des langues et civilisations orientales (INALCO) and McMaster University. Within the context of this exciting venture, the Centre is organizing the following activities.

  • March 2-March 12, 2018: visiting scholar Georgios Halkias (University of Hong Kong)
  • April 16-April 30, 2018: visiting scholar Hong Xiuping (Nanjing University)
  • April 27, 2018: Lecture (in Chinese) by Hong Xiuping on the history of Chan. Provisional title: “从‘心’义种种看南宗禅的特色”
  • May 28-June 1st, 2018: Doctoral school on "Buddhism and Silk Culture" featuring Stuart Young as a guest lecturer. Thanks to Tianzhu, 5 international doctoral students will be able to use a travel stipend to attend this school. Click here for the full announcement. And scroll down for a teaser image.

The Ghent Database of Medieval Chinese

Thanks to the generous funding of the Tianzhu academic network, work on the programming of the Ghent Database of Medieval Chinese can also proceed as planned.

(c)Stuart Young